I love reading Linda Howard romantic suspense books! They’re hard for me to resist, which is why I joined up with this blog tour. Originally I was signed on for a review, but the Powers That Be decided it wasn’t going to happen. I still plan to get my hands on this book, and grateful I’m able to share an excerpt with you!
Tour hosted by Pure Textuality PR.
The Woman Left Behind
by Linda Howard
Avon Books | November 27, 2018
She wanted to reach out and touch him, but despite what had just happened between them, she felt constrained. Their make-out session hadn’t changed anything. He was still the leader of that team, and he’d do whatever was necessary for their operational stability because their very lives depended on it. Her job was to safeguard them as much as possible, to provide an extra set of eyes looking for trouble or gathering information without exposing them to unnecessary danger.
If she were in an arguing frame of mind, she’d yell at him that the guys wouldn’t mind at all if she and Levi began a relationship, but she’d be lying. It would make a difference.The others would subconsciously begin looking for signs of favoritism, which would foster resentment and a lack of trust. Any argument between her and Levi would necessarily cause tension among the others. That was just how team dynamics worked; a disagreement between any two members was one thing, but throw sex into the mixture and it became combustible.
She turned her head and stared at the sky as grimly as he was, and for the same reason. As things stood, she had two choices: she could quit training and have Levi—for how long was up for debate—or she could stay on the team and deal with the bitter truth that they couldn’t be together.
She. Couldn’t. Quit. Doing so would betray everything she was, every sense of self. Maybe she drove herself past what a sane person would do, but didn’t the guys also do that? Being who they were, doing what they did,required more of them than, say, a regular nine-to-five job.
She had been happy with that nine-to-five job, but now this was her reality, and she wouldn’t,couldn’t, turn her back on it.
LINDA HOWARD is the award-winning author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please.
She lives in Gadsden, Alabama with her husband and a golden retriever.